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Garrett Richter, Willie Meggs named to Ethics Commission

Former state Sen. Garrett Richter and retired State Attorney Willie Meggs were named to the state’s Commission on Ethics, the Governor’s Office announced Thursday night.

Richter, 68, is President and Chief Executive Officer of First Florida Integrity Bank.

The Naples Republican served two terms in the state Senate, 2008-16, rising to President pro tempore under then-Senate Presidents Don Gaetz and Andy Gardiner. He served in the House from 2006 to 2008.

Richter

In the Senate, Richter also chaired the Banking and Insurance, Ethics and Elections, and Gaming committees.

He served in the U.S. Army and Air Force Reserve and was awarded a Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, a news release said.

Richter fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 27 and ending June 30, 2020.

Meggs, 75, is the former elected top prosecutor for the state’s 2nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties in North Florida.

Meggs

One of his last cases involved the sexual assault allegation against then-Florida State football quarterback Jameis Winston.

First elected in 1985, the Tallahassee Democrat decided not to seek re-election in 2016. He also was a sheriff’s deputy, Tallahassee police officer, and served as president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 27 and ending June 30, 2019.

Both appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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